By Gregory Maguire
Whereas civil warfare looms in oz., Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—surrenders the tale of his existence to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. deserted as a cub, Brrr's direction from infancy within the nice Gillikan woodland is not any Yellow Brick street. trying to redress an early mistake, he trudges via a swamp of ghosts, turns into implicated in a bloodbath of trolls, falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess, and avoids a prison sentence through agreeing to function a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of ounces.
A portrait of a would-be survivor and a breathtaking glimpse of an international long gone shrill with struggle fever, Gregory Maguire's A Lion between Men is written with the sympathy and tool that experience made his books modern classics.
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Sister Hospitality went to hang the Lion舗s traveling cloak in a clothes press. When a pocket twitched, Sister Hospitality recoiled with a shudder and she tried unsuccessfully to disguise her curse as a cough. 舠Oh, my guard cat has scared you good,舡 said the Lion舒almost approvingly, thought Sister Hospitality. 舠Nearly forgot about my little kitty-thingy. It舗s been following me since Shiz. I must be the first Lion it ever saw, and it舗s become smitten. 舡 The cat may have been white once, but it was old enough for its fur to have thinned.
This was not for pleasure舒there was no pleasure left舒but as a test of assurance that the seal had not been broken. Solitude, continence, silence: custody of her own history; custody of any future that might have descended from her, squawking and looking to suck. Satisfied. More than satisfied, relieved, she arched a foot to enter the water. But before she did, she saw in the flat green of the pond舗s surface a reflection of a moon. At first she thought: Now there舗s a surface safer to write upon than paper.
Doctor Nikidik舰. It seems to me the answer is that its mother can. 舰Why is it taken from its mother at such an early age? 舡 舠Those are impertinent questions to the academic issue at hand,舡 said the Doctor. 舠Still, the youthful heart bleeds easily. The mother, shall we say, died in a sadly timed explosion舰舡 Deposition of an Oracle 舦 1 舦 THE TIME came for her to die, and she would not die; so perhaps she might waste away, they thought, and she did waste, but not away; and the time came for her to receive final absolution, so they set candles upon her clavicle, but this she would not allow.
A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, Book 3) by Gregory Maguire